If Gov. Robert Bentley signs the bill, school systems could shorten their year so long as students receive 1,080 hours of instructional time. The Mobile Press-Register reports that the school year would have to end by Memorial Day.
Mobile County is debating whether to shorten its school year to 173 or 170 days. It would add 18 to 25 minutes of instruction time daily under those plans.
Supporters of the bill say it would boost the tourism economy and reduce school spending on transportation and air conditioning. Opponents say it's a step backward for a state that increased its school year requirement in 2006 from 175 to 180 days.